Jamira Burley


@ JamiraBurley

Jamira Burley is the essence of perseverance. Recognized by the White House as a Gun Violence Prevention Champion of Change and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree in Law and Policy, for over a decade, Burley has made it her mission to use her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. From implementing anti-violence programs throughout Philadelphia, when she was just a high school student, to organizing youth workshops around the world in collaboration with the United Nations, Burley's ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable; she leads with marked expertise on youth engagement, education reform, global citizenship, gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. In 2018, she was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices.

Currently, Burley is an MIT Media Lab director’s fellow and the head of youth engagement and skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education. Here, she helps to ensure a collaborative relationship among youth, business leaders and multilateral organizations; to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. Before joining the Global Business Coalition for Education, Burley worked as the national deputy millennial vote director at Hillary For America, and before that, she managed 50% of the U.S. portfolio at Amnesty International USA. She also consults with many public and private entities on how to authentically engage impacted communities. Working at the intersection of policy, community and social good, she provides unique insight that will help actualize the change we all so desperately need.

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